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Intergenerational perceptions of family care: Examining non-dyadic baby boomers and adult children of boomers

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The aging of the baby boomer (BB) generation (1946-1965) presents unique challenges for those planning future care contexts. Limited research has examined anticipated care perspectives of both BBs and adult children (AC). Drawing upon a critical life course perspective, this study aims to: (1) examine family care perceptions of BBs as future care recipients and non-dyadic AC of BBs as potential caregivers; and (2) explore perceived societal supports for family caregivers. Two focus groups of BBs (n=10) and two of AC (n=9) were conducted between January and March 2020. Thematic analyses revealed congruent and non-congruent generational viewpoints within four overarching themes: individual outlooks, social locations, and proximity; family preservation/care norms; perceived aging realities and plans; and negotiating contemporary care. Analyses also identified perceived systemic gaps and opportunities in community supports for aging families. Findings are discussed in relation to supporting those giving and receiving care across generations.
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Thesis advisor: Mitchell, Barbara
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